The book was about 4 people growing up in the Coney Island Projects. He travels with the players to tournaments and tryouts, but he also listens to them talk about school. It took me a while to see that. The targeted audience for this book is anyone who likes basketball and nonfiction books. Overall this book is a moving story that touches on many athletes cases in the projects. I would suggest it to middle school readers and above, but advanced fifth grade boys may be able to read and understand it as well.
Frey makes his points with a light touch, drawing them out of reflection on actual conversations - including Rick Barnes' magic-act-as-recruitment pitch and Stephon Marbury's dad demanding Frey pay-to-play. If this was the last book in the For me, this book was a great read. Tc By: Colin WilliamsonThe Last Shot by: Darcy Frey. Hearing their dreams deferred even just their desire to leave Coney Island is a sad and powerful experience. You can't be a middle-aged white man hanging out with a bunch of inner city black kids and not take that into account.
If this was the last book in the world I had, I would read it over and over again. Thomas and his friends are always on the court playing ball whether if it is at a park or in a gymnasium. I was thinking about the young boys in my future class. Beginning in the summer of 1991, Frey spent nine months with members of the basketball team. High schoolers there attend Abraham Lincoln High, known all around the East Coast for its outstanding basketball teams, where players see the sport as their way out of the projects. What they have going for them is athletic talent, grace, and years of dedication.
It's what we would all be if we had the breeding and the work ethic to get there. Some like to read a book, go out for a walk, hang out with friends, and Russell Thomas likes to go to the park and play basketball. Basketball seemed like the only way out and these kids and their families felt the pressure intensely. Looking up what happened next is depressing. Darcy Frey focuses his story on 4 people Russel Thomas, Tchaka Shipp, Corey Johnson, and the superstar Stephon Marbury. One thing that I liked about this book is that these kids are dedicated to get a college scholarship and that they practice after school to do it.
The book is well written and descriptive in the text, which allows the reader to put themselves right into Cooney Island. Best known for his 1994 book The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams, Frey has published articles in New England Monthly, , , and. This book would be useful in exposing to young students what it is like to live in such an urban area. What they have going for them is athletic talent, grace, and years of dedication. Reading this book is fairly easy with average level vocabulary and a pretty linear story line which keeps it easy to follow and read.
Like I said, few books have made me cry. You can't be a middle-aged white man hanging out with a bunch of inner city black kids and not take that into account. He overcame all the doubt and emotion to come back stronger then ever. Particularly if you are a basketball fan and know who Starbury is, The Last Shot is a must read. It was downright devastating to read those final pages.
The most talented of the senior players Marbury is the best overall player of any of the boys , Russell is a few brain cells away from crazy. The book was about 4 people growing up in the Coney Island Projects. This was a pretty awesome book when I first read it a decade ago. He had an insight into these boys that few authors get into anyone. High schoolers there attend Abraham Lincoln High, known all around the East Coast for its outstanding basketball teams, where players see the sport as their way out of the projects. The educational resources provided put them at a huge disadvantage which broke my heart. As the stars of their high school team, each young man represents hope for their otherwise blighted community.
I liked how the book really highlighted the troubles that were faces, and while the book is about basketball it is also sending messages and themes that I think everybody can relate to. The three boys focus on getting a scholarship to college, but the way they live it was going to be difficult. While these kids have problems at school and family issues, they are dedicated to get a college scholarship to leave Coney Island and escape poverty. Partly because it's more recent and so I was more familiar with the characters on the periphery. I agree with the other reviewers who thought that the book reads more like a long magazine article than a book. Russell was a very good player but he was not as good as some of his teammates. There were certain things that will confuse you and make you want to read it over again.
I think it is sad for anyone to be in poverty especially where there is crimes. Has there ever been a time when you realized you had to get your life together? If you have any free time, I would suggest reading this book. . They dont want to live paycheck to paycheck. Ούτε καν μια ρομαντική εξιστόρηση για τις θυσίες που πρέπει να κάνουν αυτά τα παιδιά για να καταφέρουν να γλιτώσουν απο μια ζωή που ξέρουν πολύ καλά που καταλήγει. Its a nonfiction story which is by Darcy Frey. Russell knows that his tough past has help to inspire him.